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The Composer-Performer at the Keyboard

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A Study Day for Research Students

University of Leeds, School of Music
Friday 13th June 2008

This study day, focussing on keyboard composer-performers of the Western Art Music tradition to 1900, aims to explore some of the problems facing the modern interpretation and appreciation of their works.  The day is to consist of individual presentations, a round table discussion, and a keynote talk from Mozart scholar Professor Simon Keefe (City University). 

Papers that relate to any aspect of keyboard composer-performers and their music are welcome.  In particular, we encourage contributions looking at: keyboard composer-performers’ works and their performance context; performance-practice issues; works and modern analytical techniques; the relationship of works to music pedagogy and amateur music-making; questions of authorship and the practice of keyboard arranging; textual criticism and sources.

Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be submitted to the convenor Andrew Woolley (mus0alw@leeds.ac.uk) by 25th April for consideration by the programme committee.

To register for the event, please contact the RMA Student Liaison Officer Susan Bagust (sjbagust@onetel.com).  A registration fee of £10 (payable to the Royal Musical Association) can be sent nearer the time to: RMA Student Liason Officer, Wold Farm Cottage, Bishop Wilton, York, YO42 1SX.  The event is free to RMA members.

The Composer-Performer at the Keyboard: Timetable
School of Music, University of Leeds, 13th June

9.00 (Foyer)

10.00 (LT1)
George Kennaway - M. K. Ciurlionis (1875-1911): catalogues, folk music and the nationalist canon
David Mawsom - William Sterndale Bennett: pianist, composer and editor
Andrew Woolley - William Babel (c. 1690-1723), composer of “showy, brilliant lessons” for the
Terence Charlston - Bravery of hand and invention: improvisation and ambiguities of notation in
mid-17th century English keyboard music
Erasmo Estrada - On the possible influences behind the composition and performance of J.S.
Bach's keyboard instruction materials

12.30 (Foyer)
Performance: Terence Charlston plays mid-17th century English keyboard pieces from Lambeth
Palace MS 1040

12.45 (Foyer)

13.15 (LT3)
Edite Rocha - Manuel Rodrigues Coelho’s Flores de Música: considerations about the inégalité
Lecture-Demonstration: John Irving - Reading between the lines in Mozart's piano sonata in C, K.
Klimis Voskidis - Liszt and Thalberg’s technical and pianistic innovations through their
transcriptions from the Italian opera

14.45 (Foyer)

15.00 (LT1)
Keynote Talk
Simon Keefe - ‘We hardly knew what we should pay attention to first’: Mozart the composerperformer
at work on the Viennese piano concertos

16.00-17.00 (LT1)
Roundtable: Interpreting and appreciating historical keyboard repertories today: issues and aims
Panel: Andrew Woolley (chair), Graham Barber, Terence Charlston, John Irving, Simon Keefe and
Julian Rushton

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